Xanax withdrawal?

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Hopeful86
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   Posted 9/18/2017 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
So now that I've been taking magnesium and coping skills I feel like I can scale back on my xanax. I take 1/2 of a .25 mg pill or 1/4 of that daily. Lately, I've been trying not to take anything and just strictly using coping skills. It's hard...sometimes I feel anxious but others not. I'm wondering if what I feel is because I was taking fluoxetine for 4 weeks along with xanax and my body is trying to adjust. If I'm really overwhelmed I'll take it. I'm trying my hardest not to be on any meds and strictly use coping skills.

I've read a lot on withdrawals symptoms but does anyone have personal experience?

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   Posted 9/18/2017 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
H.,

No personal experience to share...just want to send my encouragement your way!

From what I know about benzodiazepines...you are on such a micro dose, that I'm sure you'll have no issues, and be able to transition to a PRN regimen easily.

You are doing a great job, and I am confident that you will reach your management goals. smile

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super20dan
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   Posted 9/19/2017 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
i do have personal experience with benzo with drawl but not with Xanax. I was using klonipin at a low dose and still became dependant. It mostly depends on how long you have been taking the drug . in my case it was 4 months. I tried to stop on my own and failed. I am a very strong willed person and thought I could just stop. wrong was I. my dr gave me a schedule to follow and it worked like a charm. I was off with no withdrawls but it took 3 months. even at a very low dose like yourself. its a good idea to to get off benzos after a few months uuse regardless. you are much better off in the long run.

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   Posted 9/21/2017 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
When I came off Xanax I decreased by 0.25 mg every two weeks. You take such a small dose, that yes, you can probably stop it.

I will say though, you probably still may feel some withdrawal effects. It won't be too bothersome seeing as you're on such a low dose (I came off of 1.5 mg/day), but you still may feel some.
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super20dan
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   Posted 9/24/2017 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
the schedule my dr put me on was unlike any I have read about on the internet -including the sites that deal in benzo withdrawl and tapering. instead of reducing your daily dose gradually- you stay on the same dose but go for longer times between doses. you stretch it into days between doses and keep increasing the number of days between doses till you get to a week between dose. then you jump cold turkey. I t worked like a charm for me . I would have never tried this method on my own as it flies in the face of all the experts on benzo withdrawl. but it worked for me. granted I was on a low dose but I was addicted none the less. the fact that my ssri celexa kicked in and really started to work also helped a great deal also

Hopeful86
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   Posted 9/26/2017 6:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your encouragement and feedback. I can say there was definite withdrawal. I was taking it daily and my anxiety felt different from what it normally is. I’m doing ok now but just have periods of anxiety. I am not against taking it I just want to try to cope better. My fiancé and I want to try for a baby next year and I want to be better of course before then. I want to cope better and just learn how to manage this monster.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/26/2017 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
H.,

Great job on working through this challenge and reaching your goal! It sounds like you have much to look forward to, and anxiety will not hold you back from those good things in your future. smile

Keep up the great work! Work your self help program...

...and keep talking with us when you want to share/update or need some encouragement!

Hugs and high fives!

S.C.
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super20dan
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   Posted 9/27/2017 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   
getting off Xanax is going to be diff from klonopin or valium. Xanax has a much shorter half life so this alone makes it harder to stop. many drs will switch you from zanax to klonopin or valium for weaning off benzos. perhaps there is a special schedule for zanax taper also. I think you being on a low dose will act in your favor. myself I hope to never touch a benzo again.
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